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Multitasking Moms Unhappy, Study Claims

Friday, 02 December 2011 09:39 AM

When it comes to balancing family and work obligations, working moms do more at once than working dads and are less happy about it, according to research published in the journal American Sociological Review.

The study involved 368 mothers and 241 fathers, most of whom were high-earners with a college education who work long hours in professional occupations. Study participants wore watches that randomly beeped throughout the day, prompting the wearer to respond to a quick survey asking what they were doing, thinking and feeling at that moment.

Moms spend about 10 hours more per week multitasking than dads, researchers found. In addition, the multitasking causes stress and conflict for moms whereas it’s generally a positive experience for dads. That could be because men’s multitasking at home tends to involve work, whereas women’s tends to involve more child care and household chores, researchers theorized.

“The hours men spend in household labor have increased, but when you include multitasking, then you are able to see women are still shouldering more of the household responsibilities than men,” said study co-author Barbara Schneider, a professor of sociology and education at Michigan State University.

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Moms spend more time multitasking, which causes them stress and conflict, whereas multitasking is a positive experience for dads.
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